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Christian Mysticism: An Introduction — St. Luke's Episcopal Church

The ability for individuals to know the unknowable and foresee the unforeseeable has been documented since the dawn of writing itself. Sumerians in ancient Mesopotamia left evidence in pictograms of the arts of divination almost 3000 years before the birth of Christ. In the following centuries the inhabitants of Mesopotamia scribed all the collected knowledge of the arts of divination in cuneiform on clay tablets. This tells us that for at least 5000 years mankind has recognized the fact that there are people with gifts that allow them knowledge beyond the scope of what information is available to them. For at least 5000 years mankind has had a fascination with knowledge of the future and contact with the departed.

For thousands of years leaders of city-states and nations consulted oracles before making decisions that would affect the course of history. They did this openly at first, and then more and more secretly, as ever increasing stigma was placed upon the arts of divination. Alexander the Great freely consulted oracles while Queen Elizabeth had favored astrologers and seers whom she conferred with very privately. Very early Christian texts had documented forms of divination not as heretical practices, but as acts of “divinare”, the Latin word meaning to see beyond, to be allowed knowledge by divinity. It wasn’t until much later that clerics of the same religious body declared those same arts as an offense.

Today leaders, facing a far greater scrutiny for holding unconventional beliefs, have abandoned consultation with psychics and oracles. However, in spite of the stigma and skepticism, police agencies the world round acknowledge that they receive valuable tips about cold cases from psychics and in some cases have recruited psychics to aid them in the investigation of cases which are proving unsolvable.

Undeterred by modern skepticism and religious stigma, today david hoffmeister hundreds of thousands of people every year consult with psychics, seeking to gain insight about the choices that face them or advice about the difficulties with which they are coping.

Is Second Sight Possible?

It’s useful to start by establishing some perspective on what is possible in nature before contemplating what would seem supernatural, to review what abilities can be found amongst various species that inhabit just this one planet in the vast cosmos. This gives us a sense of what possibilities could exist for us as well. Think of what other species accomplish without any technology whatsoever, or rather, using the technology that nature has granted them. Everywhere are insects that communicate non-verbally but instead biochemically, passing information throughout a colony almost instantly. Such insects can follow minute pheromone trails left by other members of their particular colony. Birds have in their bodies’ natural compasses that allow them to recognize the magnetic poles, a built-in GPS that permits them to follow precise migration paths when they’ve registered the changes in the seasons. Various insects can see spectra that our own eyes cannot. Dogs and cats have senses of hearing and smell that are many times greater than our own, allowing them to navigate great distances by a cataloging of scents. Their senses are so acute that they are able to see in darkness and to sense approaching earthquakes and storms. There are animals which can instantly change the pigmentation of their entire body in order to blend in with their backgrounds, or generate biochemical luminescence to attract mates or prey.

Humbling is the fact that there are natural miracles all around us that would sound like science fiction if we were just visitors to this world. Some are so astonishing that if they were possessed by some human beings, we might mistakenly categorize them as supernatural. Now with that in mind, we can contemplate what is possible for our own species.